Category: Tuesday’s On the Run

Wrap Up – A Look Back at 2014

I’m linking up with¬†Tuesdays on the Run –¬†MCM Mama Runs, My No-Guilt Life, and Run the Great Wide Somewhere. This week’s topic is a “Wrap Up – A Look Back at 2014”. 2014 has been a great year for me fitness wise. I feel like¬†I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been. I’m running faster, long distance wise, than ever before. Along with running training plans, I believe¬†Beachbody programs played a big role in¬†getting me to where I am today.2014

In January, I started P90X3 and finished in April. I couldn’t do pull-ups at all and when I finished I could do six of them. I was in tip top shape.¬†p90x3

My first race in 2014 was in March, the Hot Chocolate 5k in Seattle. I didn’t run much beforehand and I think I did well for not training for it. I haven’t ran many 5k’s but I got my¬†best 5k time so far.

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Towards the end of doing¬†P90X3, I was also training for the Portland Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon. This is my yearly half marathon race. I’ve been running it since the inaugural one in 2012. I focused more on running after finishing P90X3 and trained using Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon training plan with Beachbody programs snuck in if I couldn’t go for a run due to the kids. I had a great race¬†and I was so happy to PR.20140518-204645-74805263.jpgMy next race was the Seattle Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon. This was a fun one because my sister who lives in New Jersey came and ran it too. It was a good run and I loved the scenic route. There was a nice part where you could really see Mt. Rainier.¬†We ran by Lake Washington and¬†on the Alaskan Viaduct passing the Great Wheel.seattlernrIn¬†July, I decided to do PiYo¬†and it was a nice change for me. The pilates and yoga inspired moves went well with running.piyoMy next race in August, was my first ever trail race, the XTERRA Trail Run Hagg Lake 5k. It was tough and I remember it being hot out. I was happy that I got 2nd place in my division and fourth overall female. It was a nice small race and my time was 26:29.IMG_7322In September, I had my final half marathon race of the year, the Oregon Half Marathon. This was a good course.¬†We ran through farmland as well as through the Gallon House Bridge, the oldest covered bridge in Oregon. I was so happy to PR on my half time again!
IMG_8216My last race was in October, the Halloweenathon 10k. This was my first actual 10k race, so it was an automatic PR.¬†The race¬†took place at a golf course¬†and¬†I managed to get third¬†out of all the females for the¬†10k. It was as fun one, despite the muddy course.IMG_9395With no races for the rest of the year, I decided to try out Insanity the Asylum in November. This was a tough one month program, but I’m happy to have completed it.
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I also started my first ever run streak on Thanksgiving, the #RWRunStreak. It’s been fun and there’s just three days left.

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This year has been awesome! I finished three Beachbody programs and ran six actual races, the most races I’ve ever ran in a year. I would say I’m in the best shape ever with my last two races being PR’s, especially my half marathon time. I’m hoping 2015 will be another awesome year.¬†Well, that’s my wrap up of the year.

How did your year go?

2014 – Year in Pictures – Races

I’m linking up with¬†Tuesdays on the Run –¬†MCM Mama Runs, My No-Guilt Life, and Run the Great Wide Somewhere. This week’s topic is “Your Year in Pictures”. I’ve decided to show pics from this year’s actual¬†races, not virtual. This year marks the most races I’ve ran in a year. It’s been a great year of¬†running for me. Here they are:

March 2. I ran the Hot Chocolate 5k in Seattle. That was a fun one that I ran with my sister-in-law. I loved the dipping chocolate post race! That was my first 5k in a long while with a time of 26:13.hotchocolate

May 17. The Portland Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon. This was my third consecutive time doing this race. I love the crowd support! I PR’d in this race! ūüôā

20140518-204641-74801716.jpgJune 21. The Seattle Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon¬†was another fun one! I ran this one with my sister. Loved the scenic route!¬†20140622-200036-72036579.jpg

August 9. XTERRA Hagg Lake Trail Run 5k. This was my first ever trail race. I think trail running is hard but it was a great first experience. It was a small race and I managed to get fourth overall for the females.

IMG_7322September 13. The Oregon Half Marathon. This was a great course. I PR’d on my half time! ūüôāIMG_8200October 25. The Halloweenathon 10k. This was my first Official 10k race which took place at a golf course. Despite the muddy course, it was fun.¬†I was happy to find out that I got third out of all the females that ran the 10k!IMG_9437

Well, that was my year of races. This year, I enjoyed running a lot more. I’m happy I PR’d in the half marathon twice this year. I’m hoping to continue to PR in 2015.

How did your year in running go?